Level: F-12

Learning Objective:
Skip count (forwards or backwards) following a given rule

Intended Outcome:
Students accurately skip count (forwards or backwards) following the given rule, e.g. count forwards by 5 starting at 6

Game Objective:
To skip count (forwards or backwards) following a given rule

Instructions:

• Students get into groups of 4 or 5 and stand in a circle
• Teacher (or students) select the starting number and the rule for the count, e.g. count forwards by 5
• First student says the starting number in the count and places their hand across their chest (e.g. place left hand across chest onto right shoulder)
• The position of their hand is used to indicate the direction of the count
• The student standing closest to the first student’s hand says the next number in the count
• As the second student says the next number, they again indicate, by placing their hand across their chest, the direction the count is to continue
• As the direction of the count can change on each turn, it is important that all students in the group pay attentio

Variations:

To extend this game to different year levels consider counting using fractions or decimals or introducing more complicated rules.